Obituary: Charles Vance Carter | The Independent Verde
Charles Vance Carter
1932 – 2021
Charles Vance Carter, 88, of Camp Verde, Arizona, died on September 12, 2021. Vance was born in Blevins, Arkansas on December 19, 1932 to Clennia (Nash) and Arthur Bertrum “AB” Carter, who had three more children. . , Wallace, Betty Jo and Mary Ruth, all of whom predated Vance in death.
Born during the Great Depression, Vance recalled stories of hardship as well as good times during his upbringing. After leaving school prematurely, he joined the US Navy and served in the Korean War aboard an aircraft carrier; the USS Oriskany. In May 1955 he returned to Eloy, Arizona, where he married Velma Lois Wilson, and together they had four children, Cindy, Colet, Kevin and Colby. After marrying Lois, he attended Eastern Arizona College where he played football, then received his BA from Northern Arizona University and an MA in Education from Arizona State University. He worked as a teacher for over 30 years in Glendale and Sedona, Arizona. In over 30 years of teaching, he only missed one day, and that was to help one of his own children when needed.
Vance loved life and was a dedicated member of the Church of Christ for over sixty years. He cultivated a garden every summer while working for the Sedona Slide Rock Store and the Arizona Forest Service. Vance loved to talk about his ancestors, country music, travel, and being with his children and grandchildren. One of his grandsons said it best, “he rarely bought us material things, it made us want to come spend time with him”. He will be missed by all.
Vance is predeceased by his parents and siblings as well as his son, Kevin (Lori). He is survived by his wife, Lois; her children, Cindy (Wayne), Colet and Colby; his grandchildren, Brandon, Ryan, Colton, Jazmine (David), Brinn (Jon), Caden and Cole; and her great-grandchildren, Lilly, Rose, Violet and Jace.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences can be shared at www.buelerfuneralhome.com.
The information was provided by the family.